The Queensland and federal governments have announced a jointly-funded road safety program to help improve road safety across urban, regional and remote roads, footpaths and cycleways in the state.
More than $500 million has been put into the program, with both governments investing $255.7 million each.
“This joint funding announcement will see another 71 projects delivered across Queensland, supporting an average of 700 jobs and safer roads for families, businesses and industry,” Queensland transport and main roads minister Bart Mellish says.
Of the combined $511.5 million investment, $434.2 million has been earmarked for projects in regional and rural Queensland.
Proposed projects include intersection upgrades, lane widening projects, line markings, rest and safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.
“These works are all about maintaining the safety of motorists on the state’s road network,” Mellish says.
“As an added bonus, these projects are providing jobs for workers at a time when jobs and jobs security are more important than ever.”
Five statewide mass action projects have also been approved to improve rest areas, install line marking and township entry treatments and providing heavy vehicle interception sites.
Projects include a bicycle lane construction at Old Cleveland Road in Carina, increasing safety and visibility on Steve Irwin Way in Beerwah and intersection upgrades on the Kennedy Highway from Cairns to Ravenshoe.
Gatton Helidon Road will also get safety treatments, while road safety improvements will take place on the Capricorn Highway between Duaringa and Emerald.
“The federal government is committed to delivering the infrastructure that Queensland needs to improve and protect lives,” federal regional development assistant minister Anthony Chisholm says.
“Once completed, road upgrades will provide locals and visitors with safer roads to travel on.”
The Queensland government says that indigenous and local governments will also be engaged throughout the process to ensure that cultural heritage, knowledge and community expectations are considered to ensure community support and expedite delivery timeframes.